How long does my new plaster take to dry out?
It depends on the area that needs to dry. For example, a general room re-skim can take 2-5 days although a small area would take considerably less time. Depending on weather conditions, plaster is best dried out naturally with windows open. Dot & Dab or float and set can take anywhere up to two weeks, depending on thickness; damp coarse render or external render can also take up to two weeks.
Now that my plastering is complete, I can see metal/plastic profiles around my external corners. Can these be painted?
Yes. The metal/plastic profiles you can see are simply corner beads that are used to form a rigid external corner. They are easily painted over.
Can you plaster around my central heating radiators?
Although it is possible to do this it is not best practice. Radiators should be removed prior to work commencing, thus ensuring a better finish and if the radiator is relocated at a later date then no further plastering will be required, saving you money in the process. We can also arrange to have your radiators removed and re-installed. Please contact us for details.
Do I have to lift my carpet(s) in order to have the room plastered?
Whilst it is beneficial that the carpet is removed it is not necessary. We will ensure that any floor coverings are very well protected, using waterproof coverings prior to work commencing and upon completion the room will be left spotless
What about carpets that I am keeping, do I have to lift them prior to you arriving?
It is not necessary to remove the carpets, as they will be protected with dust sheets and tape, paying attention to every detail. Every floor will be covered and you will be left with a clean room on completion.
Is it easy to install sound proofing into my new extension?
Sound proofing is a delicate job and must be carried out with precision. Whilst it isn’t particularly easy, we have years of experience and can assess the area, install superior materials, then plaster to achieve a perfect finish.
After removing the wallpaper I noticed the walls are all cracked and crazed. Do I need to get them re-plastered?
This depends on the level of damage. In some cases, imperfections can be filled with a smooth filler and then sanded, but to achieve a uniform smooth finish the walls should be re-plastered. If you are unsure, give us a call and we will be happy to advise you on what is best for you.
I have had a water leak and the ceiling has a sag in it. What can be done about this?
First you must rectify the problem that is causing the damage. Plasterboard that has become damp tends to warp and sag. Plasterboard that is damp also provides an ideal medium for mould growth. Normally the affected plasterboard should be completely removed and replaced with new plasterboard. Some plasterers will advise "patching in" but this is not the best solution. Ideally the whole ceiling should be replaced.
I have had water damage to my ceiling. Can I get my insurance company to pay for repairs?
Yes. Upon inspection of your property, we would supply you with a free written quotation for you to submit to your insurance company.
What do I have to do to prepare my room/work area before the Plasterers arrive?
All areas to be worked on should ideally have all of the furniture and fittings removed to enable the Plasterers to reach all areas safely. If this is not possible we will re-arrange the furniture to allow access and ensure they are fully covered and protected.
The Plasterer will have adequate dust sheets to cover all necessary surfaces. The plasterer will require a supply of cold fresh water and power for mixing tools, and will need constant access in and out of the property. Advisably the path between the work area and exit should also be covered.
I have damaged my walls trying to remove wall tiles and there are now holes in my walls. What can be done?
If the plasterboard is really damaged it is best to replace the whole boarded area. This is not expensive and is a relatively quick and simple process (depending on the situation). It really depends on what you intend to do with the wall e.g. are you going to put new tiles on or do you want a good finish to paint.
I am having a new bathroom fitted. At what stage should I get the walls or ceiling plastered?
After the old suite has been removed and after the plumber has done his first fix (e.g. pipes repositioned to take new suite). If you are having new spot lights fitted, it is best to have the wires in for them only. If they are already fitted, they can be popped out and plastered around.
I am having a new kitchen fitted. When is the best time to plaster the walls/ceiling?
Much like a bathroom - once the pipes and new electrics have been fitted, but before the new kitchen units are installed.
What does 'Blown Plaster' mean?
This is the plaster that doesn't have contact with the brick-wall anymore and is just managing to 'hang' on the wall. It can be recognised by knocking with your fingers.
You will hear a louder/more hollow sound on the blown plaster compared to the healthy plaster. Blown plaster should be knocked out and patched up to bring it level with other wall before skimming.
Plastering over Artex?
The usual procedure is as below:
Room is to be prepared and the Artex area to be painted with a layer of Bond-it, once dry a skim coat can be applied. Applying a thin coat of bonding if the Artex pattern is very rough can be an option. Sometimes, depending on circumstances, other methods can be used such as, plaster-boarding on top of Artex then skim.
The materials we use are widely used in the building trade and are all of a proven high quality.
How long will it take?
It depends on the size of the room and the type and complexity of the job.
If skimming on top of old plaster, a 4m x 4m x 2.4m room will take roughly a day, plus allow a day for preparation
But we will always state the length of time a job will take when we supply you with a quote for the work.